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Lynn Melnick is the author of If I Should Say I Have Hope (YesYes Books, 2012). She teaches poetry at the 92nd Street Y, is the social media & outreach director for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Poem Entering the Apple Valley Target

Lynn Melnick

Into the fluorescent rough country
headlong into bulks of flesh

impatient to outspend me

and who wouldn’t fold real quick
under the weight of America’s sales and specials.

I believed then I didn’t

that I was different than I am
in my own skin in this infinity

mirror, instructed such
to seduce myself, to go on.

I am sorry

about the space I take up
about the panic

running around my aspect and my hunger

although it’s nothing

these racks of acrylic winter apparatus
won’t dazzle out of my head.

I’ll take several. I’ll take fistfuls.

I’ll tuck it into my mouth at night to keep me quiet.

 

About this poem:

"I wrote this poem because I find myself terribly overwhelmed by the experience of shopping, by all the stuff and all the people, and all the people in a frenzy over all the stuff. I get confused and I can’t breathe and I can barely remember who I am or what I want. And then I buy something I don’t need."

Lynn Melnick

Copyright © 2013 by Lynn Melnick. Used with permission of the author. This poem appeared in Poem-A-Day on February 27, 2013. Browse the Poem-A-Day archive.

Copyright © 2013 by Lynn Melnick. Used with permission of the author. This poem appeared in Poem-A-Day on February 27, 2013. Browse the Poem-A-Day archive.

Lynn Melnick

Lynn Melnick

Lynn Melnick is the author of If I Should Say I Have Hope (YesYes Books, 2012). She teaches poetry at the 92nd Street Y, is the social media & outreach director for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.